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Hillside Stables

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1412 Highway 67, Sabula, IA 52070-9407
+1 563-687-2479
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 16, 2015

We have been going to this restaurant for over a decade and in the past have told others what a great find it was. Not any more. Something has changed here, the portions were much smaller than in the past, the majority of the food was barely warm, the meat was tough, a telling sign that most of the meal... More 

1 Thank john t
Loudon, TN
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314 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2014

Very good German food in the boonies of eastern Iowa. Probably the best sauerkraut we've ever had. The rest of the food is good as well, especially the brats. Nothing fancy about the place, but just good food.

Thank SLiebbe
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2014

When you first walk up you are stoked because you see their miniature horses the reside on the side of the restaurant. Once you get inside you think, Oh this is a nice ma and pa place. However, we came in with a large group and even called ahead of time. It took over an hour to get are food... More 

1 Thank AmberLucky13
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2014

We've always loved the Hillside in previous visits: food, service, great German beer! But our recent visit gets a : ( THE GOOD: My duck breast was delicious, as always; the red cabbage and spaetzle were very good. Our order taker/food server was polite and checked back. The bartender and kitchen employees were helping the waitresses. (If extra wait staff... More 

2 Thank NosyTrekker
Clinton, Iowa
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2014

Used to come here occasionally for the past several years and it was great. Our last visit 5/14 was a horrible experience. The hostess/waitress was snotty, rude and ignorant, and the food has taken a nose dive. Steak looked like the "pre-cooked" cafeteria kind with fake grill marks and tasted like crap. Is this place under new management? Ugh!

Thank Bee A
Midwest USA
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Located out in the country between Clinton and Sabula. Nice atmosphere although I'm guessing it's a bit loud when crowded. I've been here a few times and generally have the beef and/or pork dishes which are consistently good. Side dishes and appetizers not quite up to the same level but still tasty. They have a few German beers available which... More 

Thank GoatWhacker
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Hillside is a nice little German restaurant out in the country between Sabula and Clinton, Iowa. Love their fish sandwich and german potatoe salad!

Thank IllinoisLisa
Clinton, Iowa
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94 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2013

Sunday is all you can eat Sauerbraten or sliced Roast Beef served with green beans and mashed potatoes or spaetzel. Gravy optional. Can't go wrong there. If you like split pea soup, they have homemade there. One of the best things is the house salad dressing. It's a mustard garlic - more ranch than mustard. If you don't have a... More 

1 Thank iahmb
Byron, Illinois
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139 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2013

A short drive from Sabula, my husband had great prime rib and I had the fish, both done very nicely.

Thank DrNana1
Savanna, Illinois, United States
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Delicious food. Prices are mid to high. Great atmosphere. Nice views. One of our favorite local places to go on date night.

Thank Susan R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $20
German, American
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1412 Highway 67, Sabula, IA 52070-9407
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Sabula
  • Phone Number: +1 563-687-2479
Hillside Stables Restaurant was founded by Carol and Volker Nass in 2000. Purchased in 2012 by Angela Giannetti-Snyder, the restaurant serves authentic German specialties and American favorites in a casual, friendly, old-world atmosphere. Our menu offers a large selection of hand-cut, char-broiled steaks, fish and seafood - deep-fried or grilled with our own house marinade, a variety of "schnitzels", juicy marinated grill pork steaks, zesty German sausages, our signature chicken and duck, and much more

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?